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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Potential (2003)

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Original Air Date:
21 January 2003 (Season 7, Episode 12)
Buffy takes the Potentials to a demon bar and then to Spike's crypt, in order to teach them the art of slaying. When Willow casts a spell to seek out the next Potential, the spell leads them to believe that Dawn may be a future slayer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
James A. Contner 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Rebecca Sinclair (written by) (as Rebecca Rand Kirshner)

Rebecca Sinclair (executive story editor) (as Rebecca Rand Kirshner)

Drew Z. Greenberg (story editor)

Produced by
Marc David Alpert .... producer
Gail Berman .... executive producer
James A. Contner .... co-producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Jane Espenson .... co-executive producer
David Fury .... co-executive producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Marti Noxon .... executive producer
John F. Perry .... co-producer
Douglas Petrie .... supervising producer
Denise Pleune .... associate producer
David Solomon .... co-executive producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Duncan (score by)
Cinematography by
Raymond Stella (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joshua Charson 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Jennifer Fishman  (as Jennifer Fishman Pate)
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Thomas Fichter 
Set Decoration by
Susan Mina Eschelbach  (as Susan Eschelbach)
Costume Design by
Terry Dresbach 
Makeup Department
Sean Flanigan .... key hair stylist
Robert Hall .... special makeup effects creator
Peter Montagna .... makeup department head
Brigette A. Myre .... makeup artist (as Brigette Myre-Ellis)
Lisa Marie Rosenberg .... hair stylist
Carol Schwartz .... makeup artist (as Carol Schwartz-Maehl)
Belinda Bryant .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Shauna Giesbrecht .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Allan B. Holt .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Elvis Jones .... special makeup effects artist: Almost Human, Inc (uncredited)
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Production Management
John F. Perry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Cass Jr. .... first assistant director
Scott Remick .... second assistant director (as Scott D. Remick)
Art Department
Mike Brooks .... construction coordinator
Chuck Courrieu .... lead person
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Andrew T. Grant .... property master (as Andrew Grant)
Sandy Adams .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Adolfo Castanon .... greensman (uncredited)
Rob Prior .... art department artist (uncredited)
David Ronan .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
Eric Rood .... gang boss (uncredited)
Katie Sanner .... props assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Dennis Winters .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Deb Adair .... re-recording mixer
Bill Jackson .... re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Buck Robinson .... production sound mixer
Josh Bower .... sound utility (uncredited)
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Michalski .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator (as Andre Ellingson)
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
Rick Baumgartner .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Marijane Cole .... stunt double: sarah hagan
Wendi Bromley .... stunt double (uncredited)
Zach Hudson .... stunt double: James Marsters (uncredited)
Zach Hudson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Anna Lauren Long .... assistant: Stunt Coordinator / 2nd Unit Director (uncredited)
John Medlen .... stunts (uncredited)
Aryan Morgan .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Steve Tartalia .... stunt double: Spike (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Palmer .... key grip
Steven H. Smith .... camera operator (as Steven Smith)
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Patrick Beatty .... grip (uncredited)
Brian Fosnaugh .... electrician (uncredited)
Larry Huff .... grip (uncredited)
John Keefer .... set grip (uncredited)
Michael Listorti .... a dolly grip (uncredited)
Tony Olivieri .... Steadicam focus puller (uncredited)
Eric Parker .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Bob Snowdon .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Michael V. Nicolo .... casting assistant
Marcia Shulman .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelli Hagen .... set costumer (uncredited)
Renee Levy Hazelton .... set costumer (uncredited)
Nadine M. Reale .... set costumer (uncredited)
Cindy Rosenthal .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jon Dudkowski .... assistant editor
Melissa Owen .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager
Rob Gibson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Nerf Herder .... theme
John C. King .... music supervisor
David Klotz .... music editor (as Dave Klotz)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
Charles 'Aloha Boy' Reed .... driver (uncredited)
Richard C. Ryan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tamara Becher .... script coordinator
Natasha Billawala .... assistant: Marti Noxon
Michael Boretz .... assistant: Joss Whedon (as Mike Boretz)
Kern J. Eccles .... assistant: Joss Whedon (as Kern Eccles)
Chip Hatton .... assistant: David Solomon
Ken Lee .... production auditor
Laura Lewis .... assistant: Marc Alpert
Suzanne McRobert .... script supervisor
Lisa Ripley-Becker .... production coordinator (as Lisa Ripley Becker)
Scottee Angel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jo Brake .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Bill Burman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cheryl Diamond .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Jim Hill .... set medic (uncredited)
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)
Jaimie Linn .... stand-in: Alyson Hannigan (uncredited)
George Montgomery .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

41 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 | Israel:PG | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) (season 6) (season 7) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Buffy tells the Potentials that although most people have no idea why they exist, the Potentials do, they have "a mission, a reason for being here". This is very similar to what Giles told her when he asked her how many people her age can say that they have a purpose, a commitment in life.See more »
Boom mic visible: About twenty minutes into show, right after Anya say's "like being swallowed, by something larger" and you see Willow and Xander you can see a mic in top right hand corner.See more »
[Buffy has just walked in on a very loud argument]
Buffy:I was only gone a couple of hours.
Willow Rosenberg:Buffy.
Buffy:Hey, everybody, look. It's Willow. Perhaps with a blunt weapon of some sort.
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Movie Connections:
References Ghostbusters (1984)See more »
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ThemeSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
In defense of a great episode, 21 March 2010
Author: BuffyTheVampireSlapper from United States

I have to balance the other review here claiming this episode is skippable. On watching Season 7 again I find I'd forgotten just how good it is. This episode is wonderful and ultimately pretty heart-wrenching, not to mention very funny as well.

The experience Dawn goes through is the major point of the episode, and is not to be missed - the stuff with the other potentials is just the background to that - the club that Dawn secretly wants to belong to, as a way to get closer to her sister, or just to belong to her peer group.

Besides, the potential slayers are not all bad, Vi (Felicia Day) in particular is very funny in this episode during the Spike training scene and in the demon bar.

This episode also contains one of Anya's funniest lines ever, when Dawn realizes that Buffy would have to die before a new slayer is chosen: "Yes, it's a lot like being the Pope, in that way. Except you don't have to be some old Catholic!" And the Xander/Andrew interaction is all-time-great. "I'll PAY you to talk about Star Wars!"

If anything, the only weakness is that Buffy's "speechifying" (which will become a running joke in later episodes) is already getting quite tiresome at this point. But even this turns out to have a season-arc significance - Buffy is having to become unpopular, separate from the group, because she's got to step up to being the leader in a much more obvious way than previously.

Also, the moment where Willow glares at Andrew as he messes around with the snakeskin - the whole point of that is that he shouldn't be doing it, not to mention talking about people shedding their skin, in front of Willow! Just pointing this out because I've noticed many times how people imply that the writers of TV shows are making a mistake, when clearly it's the *fictional character* that is making the mistake.

And one more thing - about Spike's chip and whether it can still hurt Spike, this is actually covered in the very next episode.

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